Emerging Asian Photography Grant 2015


Emaho Foundation has been set up to identify and highlight the works of outstanding photographers from Asia.The foundation is relentlessly formulating programmes and platforms for new and established Asian photographers to create a conducive environment for their photographic projects. Emaho Emerging Photography Grant is one of the pioneering efforts from Asia to provide financial support and international platform to an emerging photographer from within Asian boundaries.


Emaho Foundation is happy to announce its first grant towards honouring an emerging photographer from Asia. Along with a grant of US$ 5000, this programme will also provide the recipient photographer an international platform to showcase her/his ongoing photography project in Asia.

The grant will be awarded to a photographer selected by a reputed panel of international jury on the basis of her/his photographic brilliance, a distinct viewpoint, sincere engagement with the subject matter and a strong desire to establish the body of works internationally.

Commencement of submission is April 1, 2015

Deadline for submission is July 31, 2015 at 12 Midnight. (Indian Standard Time)

The recipient’s name will be announced on or about September 5, 2015.



The maiden Emaho Emerging Asian Photography Grant 2015 jury comprises of five world-renowned photography experts:

Christian Caujolle: Founder of Agence VU, (France)

Kira Pollack: Director of Photography at Time Magazine, (USA)

Manik Katyal: Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Emaho Magazine, (India)

Naoko Ohta: President and CEO of Klee, Inc. (Japan)

Newsha Tavakolian: Award Winning Documentary Photographer, (Iran)


About the Jury:


Christian Caujolle: Christian Caujolle’s focus was directed on photography while being an art critic for the daily newspaper, Libération in 1979. In 1981 he became the picture editor of Libération and continued to write about photography books and exhibitions.

In 1986, he created agency VU the first ‘photographer’s agency’ and, ten years later he established the VU Gallery. He left VU in 2007 to teach, to write and to curate exhibitions and festivals.

Caujolle has been involved in a number of international juries, including World Press Photo and Prix Niepce. He also collaborates with Fotoespaña in Madrid and created Photo Phnom Penh in Cambodia in 2008.



Kira Pollack: Since Pollack joined Time magazine in October 2009, the brand’s photography has been recognized with many prestigious awards including the World Press Photo of the year, and the Visa d’Or award at Visa pour l’Image.

Pollack spearheaded Time’s beyond 9/11 project, which was awarded an Emmy in October of 2012. In march 2011, she established Time’s photography site Lightbox, and in August, 2013, she established Time’s new documentary film unit, Red Border Films. In October 2011, she was named the Photo Editor of the Year at Lucie Awards. Previously, Pollack was the deputy photo editor at the New York Times magazine.



Manik Katyal: In 2012, Manik Katyal was nominated for the ‘Creative Entrepreneur of 2012’ award by the British Council.

He has been invited to judge various international photography festivals including format international photography festival, Luceo student awards and he was on the jury for various international photography awards.

Manik Katyal started Emaho as a magazine to introduce the work of emerging photographers and to provide them with a global platform to showcase their talent.



Naoko Ohta: Naoko Ohta is the Commissioner and Chief Curator of Tokyo-Ga project, the Vice President of the Council for Photography from Japan, an associate curator of Gallery 916, a member of the committee of Raiec, Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival and a guest professor of Taisho University/curator of Espace Kuu.

Naoko is also the President and CEO of Klee, Inc. Klee, Inc, provides a wide range of art-related services, including production of international exhibitions, photographer representation, and editorial direction and publication of books and photography collection. Recent projects include the exhibition “L’art de Rosanjin” at the Museé Guimet in Paris.



Newsha Tavakolian: Newsha Tavakolian, born in Tehran, is a self-taught photographer. Newsha began working professionally in the Iranian Press at the age of 16.

In 2002 she started working internationally, covering the war in Iraq. She has since covered regional conflicts, natural disasters and made social documentary stories.

Her work has been displayed in dozens of international art exhibitions and has been on show in museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Lacma, the British Museum, and the Boston Museum of Fine Art.


Solo Exhibition

nae-logo pink-TransparentNew Art Exchange is a contemporary visual arts space in Nottingham that celebrates the region’s cultural richness and diversity and the largest gallery in the UK with a focus on contemporary culturally diverse perspectives. NAE has played an important role in supporting local and international photography with exhibitions, talks and much more. In its recent collaboration with Emaho Foundation, New Art Exchange will supports an exhibition of the first grantee of ‘Emerging Asian Photography Grant 2015′ in its prestigious Mezzanine Gallery in Hyson Green, Nottingham.


LEICA Fotografie International
LEICAThe winner of the 2015 EMERGING ASIAN PHOTOGRAPHY GRANT gets the chance to realize a planned photo project, with a camera from the LFI loan pool. Afterwards, the pictures may be published in the magazine or the blog.For more than 60 years, LFI has been the independent magazine for the Leica world – an acknowledged institution for all those wanting to know, see and understand more about Leica.Eight times a year, LFI features the best Leica photographers. Within LFI’s pages, the reader will find in depth test studies of Leica products and accessory equipment, technical reports on digital and analogue photography, interesting users tips, exclusive reportages, and much more.



The submission guidelines are structured to include most genres of photography, therefore the guidelines must be strictly adhered to. Those projects that fail to meet the submission requirements will not be considered for the Emaho Emerging Asian Photography Grant 2015.


The emerging photographer must be a citizen of a country that falls under the list of eligible Asian countries. (see list below)

Eligible Asian countries:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, State of Palestine, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen

The Emaho Emerging Asian Photography Grant 2015, is open to photographers of any age who deal with photo projects specifically.

The grant must be used to complete an ongoing photo project.

The submitted work must be a well-developed and an intelligible body of work that showcases the photographer’s commitment to her or his subject.

Only single photographers are allowed to apply for the grant. any collaborative work will be disqualified.


Application Procedure

Your application must include the items listed below online. Once all documents are ready click the submit link below and follow instructions from there.

Please note: After successful payment through the prescribed payment gateway the following message will appear ‘Please click on the link below in order to submit your one time application. Please be advised that the link below will remain active only for the next 24 hours.’



Written Elements

Submit as either Word or PDF documents.

Biographical Note (200 Words)

Work Statement (1000 Words)

Image Captions (using our system during the entry process)

How you are going to spend this grant? (300 Words)


Photography Elements

Photos: Not more than twenty (20) photographs from an ongoing project in .jpg format

Image preparation: Digital photo files must be formatted as medium-quality JPEG images at 2000 pixels at the longest dimension at 72dpi, sRGB colour profile.

Each image must have a caption. You may submit captions during the entry process. Do not include your name in the captions. All required image information, such as the creation date, place and country as well as the caption/description, must be included in the metadata of the image files, or typed in manually during the submission process.

The content of the image must not be altered. Only retouching which conforms to currently accepted standards in the industry is allowed. The jury is the ultimate arbiter of these standards and may at its discretion request the original, un-retouched file as recorded by the camera or an untoned scan of the negative or slide.


Entry Fee:


The fee has to be paid through Paypal gateway as indicated in the submission link on the menu.


Grant of rights

All applicants understand, acknowledge and agree that should s/he be awarded a grant, said grant recipient retains the copyright to her/his photographs, and explicitly grants the foundation, its licensees, affiliates and their designees an irrevocable, non-exclusive perpetual royalty-free license to use, copy, publish, distribute, screen and display, for non-commercial purposes, such photographs, photo stories, picture essays, multimedia or photo-documentary projects, in any and all manner, form/medium/media now known or hereafter created, and in any publication, advertising, marketing, venue or programme sponsored or authorized by the foundation for the advancement of its mission and goals, including but not limited to educational, promotional and fundraising purposes/auction at the Foundation’s sole discretion, without additional permission or consideration, or notification to the grant recipient or any third party.

Each applicant warrants and represents that every photograph submitted with such applicant’s grant entry is her/his own original work and that she/he has the unrestricted right to grant to the Foundation the license described above.

Each applicant shall be deemed to have consented to the use of her/his name, portrait, and/or picture by the foundation in promotional and public relations materials or for any other purpose related to the grant programme or the foundation.

Each applicant shall agree to reasonable requests by the foundation to present such applicant’s work and/or represent the foundation at photography exhibitions, workshops, seminars and/or festivals, provided that any necessary expense associated with such presentations is paid by the foundation.



The grant is established for further development of an on-going photography project.

Recipient will be required to submit an annual report on the development of the project for which the grant has been released including forty (40) new images in addition to photographs submitted during this application procedure and will come under the same grant of rights regime mentioned above.

By entering the Emaho Emerging Asian Photography Grant 2015, you agree that Emaho Foundation reserves the right to receive and retain your submission details.

Emaho Foundation reserves the right to disqualify and therefore not consider those submissions that fail to meet the submission guidelines..

It is the responsibility of the winner to file any tax liability requirements, if applicable.

Submissions that are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

The decision of the jury is and cannot be contested in any form.

Once you finalize your entry by paying the US$15 entrance fee, your submission cannot be altered or changed in any way.